What are the strengths & weaknesses of your belief system?

  • January 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Evergreen Presbyterian Church


Topic: What are the strengths & weaknesses of your belief system? 
Christian
: Pastor Nathan Lewis
Atheist: Bernie Dehler (Humanist Minister, Secular Humanist)
Moderator: Charlie Meeker

Abstract:

Some have said that every belief system has strengths and weaknesses.  What would a Christian say is the strength of their belief system, and the weakness of a contrary naturalistic belief system, such as atheism (or more specifically, secular humanism)?  What would an atheist say is the strength of their belief system, and the weakness of an contrary supernatural belief system like Christianity?  This is a chance to have that discussion between different belief systems.

Overview:

6:00-6:30: Dinner and small talk (free pizza and soda)

6:30-6:40: Bernie's presentation
-- Why Secular Humanism is the best belief system
-- Why Christianity fails

6:40-6:50: Pastor Nathan's presentation
-- Why Christianity is the best belief system
-- Why Secular Humanism fails

6:50-7:00: The moderator asks each a question to
challenge their presentation (5 min. each)

7:00-7:20: Bernie and Pastor Nathan question each
other (10 min. each)

7:20-8:30: Audience Q & A

8:30-8:32: Bernie, then Nathan, gives 1 min. closing summary

More Info:

What is secular Humanism? Bernie offers this pithy definition:

Secular humanism is a naturalistic belief system
that promotes critical thinking and morality by using
modern science and reason.

....................... NOTES .......................

1. Sometimes people bring their kids to these events.  It's a great idea to expose them to other viewpoints.

2. Previous local Christian/atheist debates have been videotaped and are available at this YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SecHummer


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  • Bernie D.

    Steven said:
    "Having said that, when will it be my turn?"

    I'm glad you're interested... we really need to get a debate going at PSU since you are a student there and a leader in the Freethinker's group there!

    January 17, 2013

  • Steven B.

    It was pretty good. I think Bernie's debate style is very interesting and very admirable. Having said that, when will it be my turn?

    January 13, 2013

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